02.02.13 – 21.07.13
Poetry & Dream was the motto of the exhibition about Marc Chagall. The artist, who was born in Witebsk (Belarus), is considered one of the most important painters of the 20th century and is often referred to as a “painter-poet” because of his fantastic, partly surreal pictorial language. The dreamlike and poetic pictorial worlds of the genius of the century still inspire people all over the world today.
With its twelve open rooms, the Kunsthalle was predestined to present Chagall’s different life and work cycles in chronological and thematic order. A selection of around 120 works, subdivided into twelve themes, revealed the artist’s enormous creative power.
Thanks to top-class loans from important museums and collections (including the Rosengart Collection and the Würth Collection), the most beautiful works from cycles such as The Fables of La Fontaine (1926-1952), Daphnis and Chloé (1957-1961), Thousand and One Nights (1948), The Odyssey (1974), Exodus (1966) and Circus (1967) could be shown. In addition, works on Paris and the Côte d’Azur were on show – both places influenced the artist throughout his life. In addition to oil paintings and gouaches, the Kunsthalle also presented selected works from his graphic oeuvre: hand-colored etchings, lithographs, and rare monotypes.